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  • Three Lessons From Microsoft's Windows Phone Misadventures (Nokia $7.6B writedown)

    07/13/2015 8:03:27 AM PDT · by dayglored · 21 replies
    Forbes ^ | July 12, 2015 | Ewan Spence
    With last week’s write down of $7.6 billion, Microsoft has finished the chapter of its corporate career marked ‘Nokia’, and arguably the book titled ’Windows Phone’. With a renewed focus on software the need for a leading phone business has lessened at Microsoft, and the Finnish company’s former devices and services section is surplus to requirements. There is much to learn from this adventure, and anyone looking to make as serious play in mobile hardware and software in the future will find lessons in the story of the third platform. As CEO Satya Nadella said alongside the announcement, ”We are...
  • Death sentence reversed for Carlos Kennedy, convicted of murdering Zoa White

    07/10/2015 4:59:30 PM PDT · by boycott · 8 replies ^ | July 10, 2015 | Casey Toner
    Carlos Edward Kennedy, who was sentenced to death for raping and then beating a 69-year-old grandmother to death with a claw hammer in June 2010, has new life. The Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals reversed the sentence of former Mobile County Circuit Court Judge Joseph "Rusty" Johnston on Friday, stating that he overstepped his judicial authority. "Accordingly, the totality of the circumstances in this case indicates that Kennedy knowingly, intelligently, and voluntarily waived his right to counsel and that the circuit court abused its discretion when it revoked Kennedy's right of self-representation and appointed counsel to him," the ruling states....
  • Feature-rich work in progress: Windows Mobile 10 build 10136 (Released)

    06/18/2015 10:20:35 PM PDT · by dayglored · 3 replies
    The Register ^ | June 18, 2015 | Tim Anderson
    [NOTE: This one is for the techies, especially those evaluating Windows 10 Previews] Microsoft has released Build 10136 of Windows 10 Mobile, part of the “One Windows” wave set to be released later this year. Windows 10 for PCs is due on 29 July, but the phone version is likely to follow later. It's just as well, since this build still does not feel release-ready, though progress from the last build is dramatic and the operating system now looks better and works more smoothly. The main deficiencies are with performance overall, and bugs in specific apps. Performance is inconsistent; on...
  • What we know so far about David Daniels, the suspect in the Panama City Beach shooting

    03/28/2015 9:10:21 PM PDT · by boycott · 14 replies ^ | 3-28-15 | Michael Finch II
    Not much is known about what happened before gunshots disrupted a Panama City Beach house party, leaving seven people wounded. Even less is known about the alleged shooter, 21-year-old David Jamichael Daniels, or of his motivations. Daniels has been arrested at least six times over the last four years in Mobile County on a number of misdemeanor charges: gambling, drug possession, disorderly conduct and loitering. The seven counts of attempted murder would be the most serious charges he's faced. Daniels was never particularly violent, according to Sharon Daniels, his mother. "I've never known him to be violent towards anybody," she...
  • Horrifying footage shows teen drivers in near-death crashes as they check phones and chat [tr]

    03/25/2015 1:20:21 PM PDT · by C19fan · 26 replies
    AP and UK Daily Mail ^ | March 25, 2015 | Staff
    Distractions - especially talking with passengers and using cellphones - play a far greater role in car crashes involving teen drivers than has been previously understood, according to compelling new evidence cited by safety researchers. The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety analyzed nearly 1,700 videos that capture the actions of teen drivers in the moments before a crash. It found that distractions were a factor in nearly 60per cent of moderate to severe crashes. That's four times the rate in many previous official estimates that were based on police reports. The study is unusual because researchers rarely have access to...
  • Of Course The Chinese Didn't Discover America. But Then Nor Did Columbus

    01/20/2006 8:18:53 AM PST · by blam · 69 replies · 1,521+ views
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 1-20-2006 | Simon Jenkins
    Of course the Chinese didn't discover America. But then nor did Columbus A map supporting claims that the admiral Zheng He reached the New World in the early 15th century is plainly a hoax Simon Jenkins Friday January 20, 2006 The Guardian (UK) We all know that a lie goes halfway round the world while truth is putting on its boots. But what if the lie goes the whole way? What if it claims to circumnavigate the globe? Last week came purported evidence that the Chinese admiral Zheng He sailed his great fleet of junks round the world a century...
  • Exxon Mobil Shows Rising U.S. Output as Prices Fall

    12/18/2014 1:16:24 PM PST · by Up Yours Marxists · 29 replies
    Salt Lake Tribune ^ | December 18, 2014 14:15 GMT | Joe Carroll (Bloomberg News)
    Crude oil production from U.S. wells is poised to approach a 42-year record next year as drillers ignore the recent decline in price pointing them in the opposite direction. U.S. energy producers plan to pump more crude in 2015 as declining equipment costs and enhanced drilling techniques more than offset the collapse in oil markets, said Troy Eckard, whose Eckard Global owns stakes in more than 260 North Dakota shale wells. Oil companies, while trimming 2015 budgets to cope with the lowest crude prices in five years, are also shifting their focus to their most-prolific, lowest-cost fields, which means extracting...
  • Family Of Adric White, Robbery Suspect, Outraged At Good Samaritan Who Shot Him (Year old story)

    11/29/2014 6:43:20 PM PST · by South40 · 70 replies
    HuffPo ^ | 11/22/2013 | Sebastian Murdock
    The family members of a robbery suspect that held a store employee at gunpoint in Alabama are lashing out at the Good Samaritan who shot him and stopped the robbery. Adric White, 18, was shot five times after he allegedly tried to hold up a Family Dollar store in Mobile on Nov. 12. FOX10 spoke exclusively to both the unnamed Good Samaritan and the family members of White. They're livid that their son was shot while pointing a gun in someone's face. “If [the customer's] life was not in danger, if no one had a gun up to him,...
  • White Teen Killed by Black Cop and Black Teen Killed by White Cop and Media Preferences

    11/29/2014 4:09:06 PM PST · by juliosevero · 6 replies
    Last Days Watchman ^ | Julio Severo
    White Teen Killed by Black Cop and Black Teen Killed by White Cop and Media Preferences By Julio Severo Two years ago an unarmed white teen was killed by a black police officer and his death drew no media attention and no national and international protests. Violent Ferguson protests According to the Washington Times, Gilbert Collar, a white, unarmed 18-year-old man under the influence of drugs, was shot and killed October 6, 2012, by Officer Trevis Austin, who is black, in Mobile, Alabama. Despite public pressure for an indictment, a Mobile County grand jury refused to bring charges against...
  • Pope Francis 'called us his brother bishops,' says Protestant pastor from Mobile, who lunched, swapp

    10/31/2014 4:56:55 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 161 replies ^ | October 31, 2014 | Carol McPhail
    Full Title: Pope Francis 'called us his brother bishops,' says Protestant pastor from Mobile, who lunched, swapped caps with the pontiff MOBILE, Alabama - First, the pope does not want his ring kissed. And he prefers to be called Father Francis rather than Your Holiness. Those were some of the marching orders given to Rev. Henry W. Roberts II of Mobile and other bishops with the Communion of Evangelical Episcopal Churches, who met with Pope Francis at the Vatican Oct. 10. The CEEC is an international ecumenical network that strives for unity among all Christians. "He looks like one of...
  • Possible Ebola case in Mobile County (Alabama)

    10/14/2014 5:12:27 PM PDT · by boycott · 51 replies
    Fox 10 TV ^ | October 14, 2014 | Cassandra McAboy
    MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) – Mobile Fire-Rescue is taking a woman to USA Medical Center. She earlier came to the Mobile County Health Department, showing some symptoms associated with Ebola. The woman said she has family members who had been to Africa.
  • Wielding shotgun, late judge's son said 'I just shot my baby mama,' detective testifies

    08/02/2014 11:41:29 AM PDT · by boycott · 26 replies ^ | July 30, 2014 | Michael Dumas
    MOBILE, Alabama – One minute the son of a prominent Alabama judge was rolling a marijuana cigar on his couch; the next he was shotgunning the mother of his infant child to death, a detective testified on Wednesday. With a packed courtroom listening intently, Prichard Police Cpl. Robert Martin chronicled an eye-witness account of how Richardson Johnson Kennedy, 22, allegedly killed Tylandria Rivers over prescription pain medicine. According to Martin, the only other person at the Jarrett Road home near Prichard Municipal Park on July 6 told police the defendant was "rolling a blunt" in the living room of the...
  • Isis mobile payment platform to change its name to avoid association with militant group

    07/07/2014 1:11:15 PM PDT · by nhwingut · 10 replies
    Engadget ^ | 07/07/14 | Brad Molen
    Near the end of 2010, a group of telecommunications and commerce businesses joined forces to form a mobile payment venture called Isis. It was a solid brand name: Short, simple and easy to remember. Unfortunately, ISIS is now associated with a militant group based in the Middle East, so the wireless company believes a branding tweak makes sense.
  • Geneva Phone Thief Left own Mobile at Crime Scene

    07/04/2014 5:04:14 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 2 replies
    Dunya News ^ | 03 July,2014
    A man who stole a mobile phone at a Geneva shop was caught after police identified him from pictures on his own mobile phone, which he left at the scene. The man, a Romanian in his early twenties, took a phone left at a shop in central Geneva for repair, but in his haste to get away he left his own phone behind
  • How Smartphones Can Warn You of an Impending Earthquake

    05/28/2014 6:03:31 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Wednesday, May 28, 2014 | Joseph George
    Imagine getting an alert on your smartphone seconds before an earthquake strikes. If ongoing research and experiments by various governmental and non-governmental agencies succeed, we could soon receive such a notification, seconds or even minutes before the tremors, thereby saving precious lives. Starting with an initiative by the Community Seismic Network of the California Institute of Technology to the Qatar Computing Research Institute, which has announced various projects related to emergency response in times of an earthquake or other similar natural disasters, efforts are on to leverage the potential of the smartphone and other smart devices to one day being...
  • Your Phone’s ‘Tilt’ Sensor Allows People to Track You

    05/10/2014 3:36:15 AM PDT · by expat1000 · 37 replies
    The Blaze ^ | may 9, 2014 | Elizabeth Kreft
    Never mind what you actually text or say on the phone — now even the way you tap, hold and move it can be tracked. A U.S. research team revealed your smartphone and tablet’s “tilt” and “swipe” motion sensor data — which cannot be blocked — can be used to track your movements and even determine your passwords.
  • LinuxDevices content returns to the Web

    12/24/2013 10:35:03 AM PST · by Utilizer · 2 replies
    LinuxGizmos ^ | Dec 23, 2013 | Rick Lehrbaum
    One of most widely respected repositories of embedded and mobile Linux news and information has returned to the web as an archive hosted here at QuinStreet acquired in Feb. 2012 through its purchase of a group of websites from publisher Ziff Davis Enterprise. After the acquisition, LinuxDevices remained frozen in time for about a year before vanishing in May, shortly after I launched Following a constructive discussion about possibilities for bringing the LinuxDevices content back online, QuinStreet generously offered to license LinuxGizmos to host the LinuxDevices Archive on our site, as a “holiday present to the Linux...
  • The sales of Afghan Mobile phone Sims continue in Tribal Area of Pakistan

    10/21/2013 7:10:25 PM PDT · by musarratullah · 3 replies ^ | 22 october 2013 | musarrat ullah jan
    Miran Shah , Afghan mobile phones Sims are openly available in Miran Shah and Meer Ali area of Waziristan and mostly tribal used it to contact with their friend whose works or live abroad. According the investigation report the Afghan mobile companies didn’t follow the rule and without a name and identity card everyone can activates the mobile Sims, that’s why mostly militants in Waziristan are using the Afghan Mobile Sims and they are using into China Mobile. Tribal are interested to use the Pakistani mobile Sims, but because of the low quality of services and voice they now give...
  • AMD Readies 64-Bit ARM Application Processor for Consumer Devices – Report.

    10/04/2013 11:38:21 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 1 replies
    Xbitlabs ^ | 10/02/2013 11:20 PM | Anton Shilov
    Earlier this year Advanced Micro Devices generally confirmed plans to apply ARM architecture not only to special low-power microprocessors for servers, but also to consumer chips. According to a new rumour, the company is indeed preparing a chip designed mostly for tablets with ARMv8 general-purpose cores as well as AMD Radeon HD graphics engine. In order to be more successful on the market of media tablets, AMD is rumoured to be designing a system-on-chip with unknown number of ARM Cortex-A57 or A53 general-purpose cores as well as Radeon HD graphics engine based on GCN [graphics core next] architecture, reports SweClockers...
  • An abortion clinic’s worst nightmare: State-of-the-art pro-life ultrasound centers, gone mobile

    09/10/2013 8:14:41 AM PDT · by topher · 8 replies ^ | Mon Sep 09, 2013 18:55 EST | by Peter Baklinski
    DALLAS, Texas, September 9, 13 ( – How can pro-lifers effectively reach out to women who are literally en route to abort their unborn babies? For the pro-life movement, that’s the million-dollar question. Now one pro-life innovator, Joe Baker, founder and president of Save the Storks, believes he has found the answer: A mobile, fully-equipped, state-of-the-art medical center custom fitted into a Mercedes-Benz van, parked directly between the woman and the abortion clinic.
  • No-Frill Thrills: The Rise of Minimalist Sex Apps (Pomosexuals)

    08/20/2013 3:20:43 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 26 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | 8/19/2013 | Kevin Roose
    In January of last year, Roman Sidorenko and Alexander Kukhtenko had an idea to break their sexual dry spells the way they solved many of their other problems: with an app. "We wanted an easy way to find sex, basically," says Sidorenko. But the two friends (who describe themselves as "pomosexuals") were too impatient to use the available dating apps on the market, all of which required them to spend hours flirting with potential flings via chat or text message before getting a date and, possibly, sealing the deal. They knew there were horny people around them looking for sex...
  • Judge Denies Bail For Trayon Washington In Wendy Fisher Slaying (Mobile)

    07/12/2012 9:35:05 AM PDT · by blam · 23 replies
    Press-Register, Mobile ^ | 7-12-2012 | Brendan Kirby
    Judge Denies Bail For Trayon Washington In Wendy Fisher Slaying (Mobile) Updated: Thursday, July 12, 2012, 11:14 AM By Brendan Kirby, Press-Register MOBILE, Alabama — A Mobile County judge this morning denied bail for a teenager accused of killing Wendy Fisher on the street outside her home on Racine Avenue in west Mobile. That means that Trayon Omar Washington, 17, will be jailed pending trial on a murder charge. For now, Washington is charged with murder, but Mobile County District Attorney Ashley Rich said it could be upgraded to capital murder depending on the circumstances. “The investigation is continuing,” she...
  • PayPal tests mobile payments using your face for verification

    08/08/2013 10:28:03 AM PDT · by Nachum · 7 replies
    cnet ^ | 8/8/13 | Lance Whitney
    PayPal is rolling out a new trial for British consumers to see if they really can leave their wallets at home. Recently kicking off in London borough Richmond upon Thames, the test includes 12 different merchants set up to accept PayPal payments, according to the company. Using the PayPal app for iOS, Android, or Windows Phone, shoppers can see nearby participating merchants highlighted on their mobile phones. They can then "check into" a certain store by clicking on its name and pay for an item by sliding an animated pin down the screen. The person's name and photo then pops...
  • Why Yelp Is Still By Far Undervalued

    "Well, now we just may know where Google's ad revenue went: Yelp and Facebook. Google (GOOG) missed Wall Street's consensus for reasons attributed to a decrease in the price of mobile ad revenues. A recent Forbes column by Contributor Robert Hof indicated that mobile ads were already 40% less than prices for ads served on desktop computers and his opinion as to why they continue to decline may be that Google is offering more of them, which could be pushing the prices down as a corollary. Conjecture that was not put forward in Mr. Hof's column was that advertisers have...
  • 20 Cool Things About Mobile, Alabama That I Didn't Know Before Last Week

    06/25/2013 11:33:07 AM PDT · by blam · 28 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 6-25-2013 | Julie Zeveloff
    20 Cool Things About Mobile, Alabama That I Didn't Know Before Last Week Julie Zeveloff Jun. 24, 2013, 6:17 PM Julie Zeveloff/Business Insider Mobile, Alabama, got pretty miffed several months back when I included it on a list of "miserable" cities, based on health and wellness statistics from Gallup. So when a local mayoral candidate invited me down to prove me wrong, I booked a flight. I'd never been to Mobile before, and figured it would be a good chance to learn about a new city beyond a set of numbers. I won't say that I got an unbiased view:...
  • Woolwich attack: meat cleaver, knife and jihadist claims filmed on mobile

    05/22/2013 2:49:53 PM PDT · by glorgau · 64 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Wednesday 22 May 2013 16.39 EDT | Vikram Dodd, Shiv Malik and Ben Quinn
    A man suspected of staging a terrorist attack that left a British soldier dead near a military barracks in London, was caught on camera clutching a meat cleaver and knife in hands apparently covered in the blood of his victim, as he justified the violence as part of a jihadist-inspired fight against the west. The incident happened in broad daylight, 400 metres from the perimeter of the Royal Artillery barracks, in Woolwich, south-east London, sparking a terrorist alert that saw the government crisis committee Cobra convene in emergency session. Hours later, David Cameron described what had occurred as "an absolutely...
  • Multiple Massive Explosions Rock Mobile, Alabama

    04/24/2013 8:06:34 PM PDT · by Nachum · 41 replies
    The Count ^ | 4/24/13 | staff
    Witnesses say these very strong explosions could be felt miles away! Two large explosions on a fuel barge in Mobile, in Spanish Fort and Daphne, Alabama, over 10 miles away across the river, according to local reports.
  • Huge Explosion reported at Mobile Alabama shipyard

    04/24/2013 7:52:20 PM PDT · by Mmogamer · 157 replies ^ | 04/24/13 | twitchy staff
    BREAKING NEWS: Explosion shook houses and blew doors open in Spanish Fort.
  • Rep. Joe Mitchell: 'I don't have an apology' for offensive emails

    03/29/2013 7:15:30 PM PDT · by Altura Ct. · 21 replies ^ | 3/29/13
    State Rep. Joseph Mitchell, D-Mobile, has confirmed via social media and in interviews this week that he sent a series of racially charged emails in response to an inquiry from a Jefferson County man, saying his comments were misunderstood and that he saw no reason to apologize. on Wednesday reported on the correspondence between Mitchell and Eddie Maxwell, a retired coal miner who sent a mass email to legislators in January advising them not to pass any new restrictions on gun owners. Mitchell’s volatile response – he referred to Maxwell’s "slave-holding, murdering, adulterous, baby-raping, incestuous ... kin folk" –...
  • Alabama lawmaker's email: 'Slave-holding, murdering, adulterous, baby-raping...'

    03/27/2013 8:20:45 PM PDT · by Greystoke · 11 replies ^ | March 27, 2013 at 9:07 AM | George Talbot
    Hey man. Your folk never used all this sheit to protect my folk from your slave-holding, murdering, adulterous, baby-raping, incestuous, snaggle-toothed, backward-a**ed, inbreed, imported criminal-minded kin folk. You can keep sending me stuff like you have however because it helps me explain to my constituents why they should protect that 2nd amendment thing AFTER we finish stocking up on spare parts, munitions and the like.
  • New Details Revealed on AMD's Upcoming Richland Chips - ... laptops and ultra-portable devices.

    03/12/2013 7:25:29 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 12 replies
    Tomshardware ^ | 7:00 AM - March 12, 2013 | by Niels Broekhuijsen
    The initial releases of AMD's new family of chips are aimed primarily at laptops and ultra-portable devices. With the upcoming release of its Richland APUs, AMD aims to improve the attractiveness of its chips for mobile devices and is specifically targeting power consumption and dynamic load based on temperature and performance. Based on the numbers AMD provided, Richland's overall power consumption appears to be slightly more conservative than Trinity's, yielding better efficiency, particularly in more demanding workloads. It's worth noting that the chart below does not include any benchmarks for full system load, but instead focuses on more realistic scenarios...
  • Alabama Men Arrested on Terrorism Charges

    12/11/2012 6:39:50 PM PST · by Cindy · 10 replies
    NOTE The following text is a quote: Alabama Men Arrested on Terrorism Charges U.S. Attorney’s Office December 11, 2012 Southern District of Alabama MOBILE, AL—U.S. Attorney Kenyen R. Brown of the Southern District of Alabama and Stephen E. Richardson, Special Agent in Charge of the Mobile Division of the FBI, announced that Mohammad Abdul Rahman Abukhdair, 25, and Randy Wilson, also known as Rasheed Wilson, 25, both U.S. citizens living in Mobile, were arrested today on terrorism charges filed in the Southern District of Alabama. A criminal complaint signed on December 10, 2012, charges Abukhdair and Wilson with conspiring to...
  • Taxation Hero: ExxonMobil Pays $3 In Taxes For Every $1 In Profit

    08/10/2012 6:54:50 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Forbes ^ | 08/10/2012 | Nick Schultz
    It’s earnings season and America’s major energy companies once again face a barrage of criticism over their profits, coupled with suggestions they don’t pay enough in taxes. For example, our friends at the Center for American Progress cry, “Big 5 Oil Companies Going for the Gold; Second-Quarter Earnings Race Ahead, Boosted by Tax Breaks.” CAP advocates increasing taxes on large energy companies. In a recent book, New America Foundation’s Steve Coll suggests there’s something almost unpatriotic with the profits earned by America’s energy companies. For example, in the last sentence of his book he contrasts the fortunes of the energy...
  • Rest in Peace, Mr. Hilmar von Campe

    06/21/2012 2:35:51 AM PDT · by scottfactor · 2 replies ^ | 06/21/12 | Gina Miller
    On Tuesday I got an e-mail from Kay Day, who is a Tea Party organizer in the Mobile, Alabama area, informing me that Mr. Hilmar von Campe had passed away on Monday night, June 18th, after suffering a massive heart attack on June 10th. Mr. von Campe, an 87-year-old native of Germany, naturalized American citizen and resident of Fairhope, Alabama, was a national American treasure who had a burden to warn this country of the danger we are in of repeating history—of walking the same path to totalitarianism that Germany walked. As he wrote in the foreword of his excellent,...
  • Here's Everything You Need To Know About Microsoft's Big Windows 8 Announcements This Week

    06/18/2012 9:15:25 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 54 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 06/18/2012 | Steve Kovach
    This is going to be a huge week for Microsoft. Today, the company is expected to announce its first tablet, which will be designed to compete with the iPad. On Wednesday, we're expecting Microsoft to give us details on the next major version of its Windows Phone operating, which will likely be very similar to Windows 8. Here's you need to know: * Microsoft will announce its own tablet. This will be the first time Microsoft builds the hardware and software for a tablet. * The tablet will run a special version of Windows 8 called "Windows RT." Windows RT...
  • Mobile app helps report unfair airport screeners

    04/30/2012 1:48:42 PM PDT · by Nachum · 2 replies ^ | 4/30/12 | SUZANNE GAMBOA The Associated Press
    WASHINGTON — A Sikh advocacy group launched a free mobile application Monday that allows travelers to complain immediately to the government if they feel they've been treated unfairly by airport screeners. Launched at midnight by The Sikh Coalition, the FlyRights app had fielded two complaints by 10 a.m. EDT Monday. The first complaint came from a woman who said she felt mistreated after she disclosed to a screener that she was carrying breast milk. A man who is Sikh filed the second complaint, saying he was subjected to extra security even though he had not set off any alarms. The...
  • The Mob in Mobile: The roosting of the Trayvon Martin chickens.

    04/29/2012 12:46:34 AM PDT · by neverdem · 26 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 4.25.12 | Quin Hillyer
    MOBILE, Ala. -- Last Saturday night at 8:20 p.m., when the white Matthew Owens was beaten into critical condition by a mob of dozens of black neighbors, Al Sharpton and the New Black Panthers got what they wanted: a white victim, any white victim, in payback for the killing of Trayvon Martin. May God have mercy on their miserable souls -- because the rest of us should shun them mercilessly from all decent society. Delmar Drive is one of those long, long blocks, the equivalent of probably four long city blocks without a single cross street, which sometimes gets wedged...
  • AT&T Loses Throttling Case, Pays $935 to Customer (Unlimited Data Plan is Limited)

    03/18/2012 11:05:23 AM PDT · by Dallas59 · 26 replies
    Mashable ^ | 3/18/2012 | Mashable
    AT&T decided to pay up after a California small claims court judge ruled it was unfair to throttle a cellphone data plan advertised as unlimited. Matt Spaccarelli, 39, challenged AT&T in February after he noticed his 4G network wasn’t operating as fast as it should. Spaccarelli is among the 5% of AT&T customers who use the most data. He told the court speeds slowed once he used 1.5GB to 2GB of data after the billing cycle began. The judge said slowing down data violated AT&T’s unlimited data plan terms and ordered AT&T pay $850 plus $85 for court costs.
  • Throttling unlimited data plans is pointless, study finds

    02/23/2012 2:45:28 PM PST · by Dallas59 · 17 replies
    BGR ^ | 2/23/2012 | BGR
    AT&T’s questionable policy with regard to unlimited smartphone data plan holders recently found its way back into the limelight following a new wave of subscriber complaints. The nation’s No.2 carrier no longer offers an unlimited data plan to smartphone users, though many subscribers on its network still have grandfathered plans that provide an unlimited amount of smartphone data each month. Subscribers who approach the top 5% of unlimited data users in a single billing period see their data speeds throttled, however, and countless users have found that AT&T is now beginning to throttle users after less than 2GB of data...
  • Nomophobia -- fear of being without your phone -- is on the rise

    02/18/2012 9:56:20 PM PST · by Dallas59 · 40 replies
    LA Times ^ | 2/17/2012 | LA Times
    Do you feel anxious if your cellphone isn't nearby? Does just the thought of losing your phone make your heart pound? Do you keep an extra phone on hand, just in case your primary phone breaks? Do you sometimes take it to bed with you? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then you may be a nomophobe, and you are not alone. Nomophobia -- the fear of being without your cellphone -- is on the rise, according to a new report sponsored by SecurEnvoy, a company that specializes in digital passwords. Using the online polling service...
  • AppTech Unveils Much Hyped Mobile Marketing Tool for Android Phones (Age Recognition Has Arrived)

    01/20/2012 10:40:31 AM PST · by mnehring · 2 replies
    AppTech was the buzz of the mobile tech world Thursday as the company rolled out “ReconAge,” a mobile age recognition app for Android-powered devices. The application, which is free and available now for download from the Android Market, recognizes the approximate age of a person by making use of real time face recognition biometric systems online.Pretty nifty, indeed – especially with regard to the mobile marketing implications the app and its underlying technology deliver.“We’re changing the face of mobile marketing. AppTech is uniting brilliant minds around this idea. With the launch of ReconAge, we intend to introduce the usefulness of...
  • Pistol-packing mayor draws heat; VP Condi Rice?; BP karma and more (Political Skinny)

    12/27/2011 7:06:33 AM PST · by marktwain · 5 replies ^ | 26 December, 2011 | George Talbot Press-Register
    Mayor Sam Jones was the talk of town after he held a burglary suspect at gunpoint at his home in Mobile. But not everyone was impressed. In a twist, at least one pro-gun rights group accused Jones of being a hypocrite. Alan Gottlieb, chairman of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, took issue with the fact that Jones is part of a coalition of U.S. mayors who have campaigned for stricter gun regulations. Jones is a member of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, an organization established to reduce violent crime by blocking criminals from illegally obtaining...
  • OSHA Wastes $200k for Mobile APP that Doesn’t Work

    11/23/2011 8:36:24 AM PST · by Nachum · 6 replies
    Big Government ^ | 11/23/11 | Publius
    The infamous $640 toilet seat which the Pentagon purchased back in the 1980′s now has a crappy, excuse the pun, modern day equivalent: a government-made mobile app with a price tag of $200,000. Rich Jones of, a job board for hackers, downloaded and installed the Heat Safety app from OSHA. It’s a straightforward service that finds your current location, measures the heat and humidity and serves up a warning with notes if the temperature is dangerous. One might call it the kind of app that could have been created for less money by simply telling people to stick their...
  • Pakistan Telecommunication Authority announced Mobile Jamers Policy in National Interest.

    08/22/2011 9:30:58 PM PDT · by musarratullah · 4 replies ^ | 23 August 2011 | MusarratUllahJan
    Peshawar, 23 August 2011, Pakistan telecommunication Authority has warned the people who have used illegal Mobile Jamers in mosques and different area of the country. The warning has issued after the complaints in which PTA has warned specially mosques, in some area Mobile Jamers were installed, that block the signal of mobile and creating problem for the people. According to PTA government of Pakistan has announced New Mobile Jamers Policy, in which only PTA / Ministry of I.T and Telecom will issue NOC / Permission for the Mobile Jamers. With out Permission/ NOC installing the Mobile Jamers were illegally and...
  • Drudge - violence, rioting headlines ..

    07/05/2011 11:47:35 AM PDT · by STARWISE · 52 replies
    Mob in Peoria shoots fireworks at police, firefighters... MAYHEM IN MOBILE: 300+ fight on street corner, man shot in face... 13 stabbed, shot in Boston in just 5 hours... CHICAGOLAND: 5 Dead, 23 Hurt Over Violent Holiday Weekend... 4-Year-Old Boy Shot While Watching Baltimore Fireworks... 2 Shot During Massive Brawl Outside Atlantic City Casino… Dozens of teens loot store, then attack passersby... VIDEO...
  • Big Oil: Profits and Taxes

    05/25/2011 2:44:16 PM PDT · by TheConservativeCitizen · 7 replies
    The Constitution Club ^ | 05-23-11 | Pino
    Big Oil. We love, LOVE, to hate Big Oil. As we’re paying more and more at the pump, and as we continue to flounder in this post recession economy, it’s hard to look at the Big Oil companies , their profits and think anything other than greed. But is that fair? Let’s check. Recently, the big oil companies announced their profits for the first quarter of 2011. And they are impressive numbers to be sure: ■Exxon Mobile – $10.7 billion ■Chevron – $6.2 billion ■ConocoPhilips – $3.0 billion THAT is a lot of billions. A LOT! But is it really...
  • It’s Tracking Your Every Move and You May Not Even Know

    03/26/2011 3:19:40 PM PDT · by decimon · 79 replies
    New York Times ^ | March 26, 2011 | NOAM COHEN
    A favorite pastime of Internet users is to share their location: services like Google Latitude can inform friends when you are nearby; another, Foursquare, has turned reporting these updates into a game. But as a German Green party politician, Malte Spitz, recently learned, we are already continually being tracked whether we volunteer to be or not. Cellphone companies do not typically divulge how much information they collect, so Mr. Spitz went to court to find out exactly what his cellphone company, Deutsche Telekom, knew about his whereabouts. The results were astounding. In a six-month period — from Aug 31, 2009,...
  • Does FR have a mobile application?

    03/03/2011 3:15:57 PM PST · by maineman · 28 replies
  • If You're Still Betting On Adobe Flash For Anything Mobile, The Joke's On You

    02/21/2011 3:51:57 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 02/21/2011 | Dan Frommer
    Motorola's Xoom tablet, the first serious Google Android rival to Apple's iPad, will ship without Adobe Flash support. Big shocker. (Not really.) This is surely a disappointment to Motorola, Adobe, and Google. But to anyone who has been watching Adobe fumble with Flash on mobile devices for as long as we have, it's hardly a surprise. Since the middle of last decade, we have heard Adobe time and time again promise to ship versions of Flash for mobile devices that can perform adequately without destroying battery life. We still haven't seen one, and apparently the Xoom won't initially ship with...
  • Spam Text Blows Up Moscow Terrorist

    01/28/2011 3:06:06 AM PST · by vertolet888 · 25 replies
    Mobiledia ^ | Thu Jan 27, 2011 11:44 pm | Peter Ferenczi
    A suicide bomber planning an attack in Moscow on New Year's Eve was killed in her apartment when her bomb was prematurely detonated by an unexpected text message [from a mobile operator]. According to Russian security sources, the text message -- a remote trigger for a cell phone belt bomb -- wished her a happy new year, accidentally setting off the blast. The accident may have saved hundreds of lives, these officials believe, as the woman intended to use the bomb in a suicide attack near Red Square later that night. The woman is believed to be part of the...